Touring team Ovingdean CC make a return visit to Malta
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Over the weekend the Marsa CC took on returning UK team Ovingdean CC, whose last visit was in 2009 when they were beaten two games to nil.
On Saturday the home team batted first. Ronnie Sacco playing in only his second game against a touring team opened the batting and in his unique technique made forty valuable runs, which included six fours and also top scored. Extras was next high score being thirty five runs which hit the tourists hard.
Sid Anand with a very interesting batting grip made twenty six runs and reliable John Grima made twenty seven runs in a modest total of 155 runs which Ovingdean backed themselves to make. U. Patel took four wickets for the tourists, A. Hart and P. Walia took two a piece while N. Boe and G. Herring took a wicket each.
Ovingdean were setting up the run chase nicely with G. Herring scoring twenty six runs, N. Boe thirty fours runs and J. Amin twenty seven runs not out, these were the top three batsmen. Amin witnessed six ducks and only U. Patel stuck with him for a while scoring twenty five runs.
Ovingdean were bowled out for 137 runs. Ronnie Sacco bowled one of his best spells taking six wickets for eleven runs from four and half overs. Sarfraz Ali took two wickets and Matthew Gillard took one. Marsa go one up in the series.
On Sunday the visitors batted first and posted a reasonable total of 167 runs. N. Boe being the stand out batsmen making forty nine runs and J. Chawla made thirty six. The home team was eratic in the bowling department and gave away twenty nine wides. Haroon Majeed took three wickets, Ewan Prezens, Tony Slater, Raja Zubair and Bikram Arora took two wickets each and Tim Wheeler took one.
In reply the home team made the runs in the twenty ninth over Andy Lenard played one of his best innings to date making 108 runs not out which included fourteen fours and a six. John Rusher made four runs. Tim Wheeler accompanied Lenard in a 140 run partnership in which he made thirty four runs. Andy Mitchell making the winning two runs which sealed the whitewash. For Ovingdean G.Herring and P.Walia took a wicket each.
Next Saturday the MCA Summer league commences with Krishna CC taking on Melita CC.
The Sunoco Cricket academy will be from 9:00am till 10:30am.